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Is it possible that we can know the version (i.e. OEM, Retail, or MSDN) given a windows 7 ISO file without installation?

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Typically you can use the same iso for any key you have. The only difference is the license itself. –  Ramhound Mar 22 '12 at 18:07
    
I've heard that an ISO for OEM will not accept Retail keys, and vice versa. I know that Anytime Upgrade won't let you go from a Retail to MSDN key, but I can't verify this for installations. –  Melikoth Mar 22 '12 at 18:51
    
@Ramhound, I have confirmed that Windows 7 Key obtained from MSDN cannot work with ISO from here –  q0987 Mar 22 '12 at 19:00

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http://wiki.lunarsoft.net/wiki/Product_IDs is an source to determinate the version. The Retrieving your product ID or MPC section tells you how to find the ID on CDs, ISOs or running machines.

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The information you need is to find that out is the Channel ID, which is part of the Product ID.

I found this link Windows 7 Channel ID portion od Product ID. It has a reference to the lunarsoft list mentioned by JohannesM, but mentioned that it contained outdated data. I'm not sure if this has been updated, as the post is a couple years old.

This link is in reference to Server 2003, but my help you find out more: How to determine the channel that your copy of Windows Server 2003 was obtained through

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Based on this

Even though the install image “install.wim” in Windows 7 still contains four versions, one version is automatically installed determined by a file called “ei.cfg” in the “sources” directory on the install disk.

How to Select Any Edition or Version (SKU) of Windows 7 to Install From Single Edition DVD Disc Media or ISO

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